Could it be -- could Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the darling of the Tea Party right who has claimed to get her political marching orders directly from God, emerge as a sensational new entry into the presidential race?I fervently hope that this comes to pass.
ABC News reports:A source close to the three-term congresswoman said Bachmann will travel to Iowa this month for multiple meetings to seek advice from political forces there and party elders close to the caucus process before coming to a final decision regarding a potential presidential run. Bachmann, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, also is set to deliver a keynote speech at an Iowans for Tax Relief PAC fundraiser Jan. 21 in Des Moines, Iowa.
First of all, it would be hilarious. Not since Lyndon LaRouche has there been a candidate for President with as... let's say "glancing" a relationship with reality as Rep. Bachmann. I would have material for months. It would be like a day at Barney's with someone else's American Express Platinum card.
But if there's any candidate whose run would cannibalize a Sarah Palin bid, it's Bachmann. The Ladies from Crazytown will split the hard-core social conservative Tea Party vote, and anything that makes former half-term Alaska Gov. Palin less likely to come within a grizzly bear's whisker of the White House is OK by me. (I know that she's supposedly unelectable, but even a remote chance that she could get elected is too close for me, and the GOP nomination would make it far too possible.)
Run, Michele, run. If you and your buddy can rip each other to shreds, the better for everyone else.
* by which I mean, of course, Johnny Weir